A delightful antique turquoise brooch from the Victorian era, c1880! Made of 18ct yellow gold, this gorgeous piece is detailed with fine Etruscan wirework and boasts a dome pave of turquoise stones at the centre. The turquoise stones range in colour from gorgeous pale blue tones through to green, the stones are surrounded by a delicate wire rope border. Either side of the oval centerpiece features a 'fan' design which is decorated with rope detail, and a gold granule is placed to each concaved scalloped end... adding further Victorian Etruscan charm! To the back of the brooch reveals a woven bluish colour fabric (likely silk) encased in a plastic covered compartment, typically where a lock of hair or photo may have been kept. A silver tone pin and c-clasp attaches to the back. No stamps are evident to the brooch, an XRF test indicates 18ct gold. The piece retains a natural darkened patina near parts of the wirework, which is normal but could be polished if desired.
*Unfortunately the brooch does bear some damage - a little granule is missing to one end. It appears to have been torn off due to the force of the hinge mechanism of the pin. Nonetheless the flaw does not impact hugely to the overall aesthetics of this wonderful piece! Priced accordingly.
A beautiful Victorian Etruscan revival piece. And depending on your style, it would make a stunning conversion pendant too, but will leave that up to the next custodian!